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FEBRUARY 8, Weekend Weather 40 percent chance of rain Intercession City park refurbished for memory of slain 4-year-old girl In 1995, the community of Interces sion City was forever scarred by the murder of a 4-year-old girl who ran and played in the neighborhood. See page A-3 Index LocalPage A4, Editorial Page A6, Sports Page B4, Community Page B1, Arts & Entertainment Page C1, Classied Page C4, Legals Page B5, Obituaries County What do you plan to do on Valentines Day? movie. Vote at www.around osceola.com Results from the Feb. 1 Question of the week: medical marijuana initiative made it to lot, will you vote to approve it? Termination of Clerks Office employee leads to investigation An investigation into a terminated Osceola County Courthouse employee last week resulted in no criminal charges, according to a Sheriffs Office report. See page A-5 Serving Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Celebration, Poinciana, Harmony, Narcoossee, BVL Saturday Edition rfn Community tbr r rfArts r r rrSports By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer In the third part of the NewsGazettes in-depth look at the state of homelessness in Osceola County, we focus on how it is impacting children of homeless families and what the community is doing to help them. The current state of homelessness is felt everywhere in Osceola County, especially in Osceola County schools. students registered in the Families in Transition (FIT) program in the Osceola County School District. The program not only identifies students in transitional, or temporary, housing sit uations, but also helps those students and their families break down system atic barriers in order to continue their education, such as providing trans portation for the student. It also helps provide resources like school supplies, new uniforms and weekend meals and connects students to resources for higher education and other needs. The number of students identified as homeless have steadily increased ida Department of Education. For Osceola County, the number has gone year. The biggest jump was seen school year, with the number of stu increase of 559 students. The economy is not getting bet ter. Theres jobs, and a lot of the FIT families have jobs, but theyre in the hospitality corridor and theyre either not full time or not at a rate of pay that they make enough money to get out of their situation. And, theres more and more foreclosures. Its just systematic of the economy right now, said Leslie Campbell, director of special programs. ber of FIT program students in the Osceola County School District, with three guidance counselors and former FIT liaison of Westside, said that the school has assisted a large number of students since it opened five years ago because many of the students students in the program until recently, when one of the hotels on the corridor from Westside. For Fender, who worked as the schools FIT liaison since it opened five years ago, the amount of students in the program surprised her during the rest of the schools faculty and staff werent hesitant to step up for those students. It became one of the first schools in the county to start a weekend food program for students in financially needy situations, with Fender personally delivering food to students during the first two years.More than 3,000 Osceola children homeless Spotlight on homelessness See Homeless, page A-3 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanChildren at the Gingerbread House child care center in Buenaventura Lakes were treated to an enjoyable night of learning Jan. 31, as Disneys Princess Belle, from the film Beauty & The Beast, read books to them during a Wee Read Early Literacy Program event. The series of reading events, there were four in all, were sponsored by The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County.Booking Belle for story time By Ken Jackson Staff Writer While the Orange-Osceola State Attorneys Office cleared Osceola County Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez of a hand ful of criminal allegations inves tigated by the Florida Depart ment of Law Enforcement, State could be considered a reprimand against Ramirez and his staff. While the evidence available to me at this time does not rise to the level of justifying the fil ing of criminal charges, it does suggest that you and your senior staff could benefit from some additional training in the area of public records retention and pub lic records laws, Ashton wrote in a letter sent to the Clerks office and addressed to Ramirez Thursday. I would also remind you that any communication that concerns itself with the business of a public entity is a public record regardless of the owner ship of the computer used to generate that document and that private email accounts should never be used in an effort to thwart access to documents and information covered by Chapter 119 of Florida Statutes. That paragraph referenced public record violations in which Ramirez allegedly instructed an employee to use her personal email account for office busi ness to circumvent public records access laws, and that his Chief asked an employee to delete an email chain in the office server to prevent it from becoming a public document. Ashton noted that instruct ing an employee to do that is not a crime so long as the clerk of court provides records of the business contained, unless exempted by statute. Regarding the deleted email, he reported no evidence that the deletion resulted in destruction of public documents. To your credit, you support ed the employee in his refusal to take the requested action, Ash ton said. It would be a violation of Chapter 119 of Florida Stat utes and potentially prosecutable as a criminal offense to either destroy or fail to produce those records. In the letter, Ashton also stated that Ramirez was cleared, due to insufficient evidence of exchang ing a promise of employment to a man, identified as Richard Martin, for campaign contributions, not ing Martin received a clear state ment that no such offer was being made because it was illegal. Insufficient evidence also was found in allegations that Ramirez and his transition team terminated employees prior to officially taking office and that he exchanged a promise to employ Arthur for his political support. Ramirez hired Osborne as his Chief Deputy Clerk, but fired him just six weeks after taking office, saying that he no longer trusted Osborne. Osborne said in prior interviews that Ramirez asked him to brief him on some clerk of court for office, but the offer of employ ment was not made until the elec tion results were final according to Ashton.Clerk of Court Ramirez cleared of criminal allegations By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Three of the four defendants accused in the home invasion and murder of a their day in court. been scheduled for a pre-trial this week and a trial the week doza Lane home. Attorneys asked for and were granted a continuance, and the trial now is slated for the week of April Osceola County Sher iffs Office officials said that after Rios knocked on Roopnarines door, Schafer and Damus rushed inside to rob him while Rios waited outside. The pair shot and stabbed the victim when he told them he didnt have any more money while pleading for his life. The three were charged with home invasion, firstdegree murder and thirddegree grand theft, although the theft charges have been dropped, as was the home invasion charge against Rios. drove the group to and from the house, already has pleaded no contest to armed burglary of a dwelling, a first-degree felony that could have sent him to prison for life with no chance of parole. In return, prosecutors are choosing not to prosecute Muriel on a related charge of first-degree murder with a firearm, since they do not believe he ever possessed the firearm that killed Roopnarine. Muriel must also provide truthful evidence Trial in Poinciana murder moved to April See Trial, page A-5
Page A2, The Kissimmee Police Department will be hosting a Hispanic Civilian Police Acad emy starting March 12. According to a police department press release, the purpose of the academy is to build a partnership between the residents and their police department. An important key to crime prevention is to promote a greater understanding of law enforcement through positive interaction and education. I believe one way this can be accomplished is through the Civilian Academy, Police Chief Lee Massie said. Hispanic residents will learn a variety of aspects of the police department and criminal justice in general. Participants will learn about criminal investigations, crime scenes, narcotics and commu nity relations. Residents will be able to get hands-on training with the SWAT team and firearms training with certified instructors. All classes will be taught by Spanish-speaking officers and personnel, or through translators. The academy will start March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kissimmee Police Depart ment. Classes will be every Wednesday at from 7 to 9 p.m. for seven weeks. The academy will end with a graduation celebration. Residents interested in attending this academy should contact Problem Ori ented Policing Unit at 407518-2400. Applications can be picked up at Kissimmee Police Department or online at police.kissimmee.org and are required to reserve a spot in the class. Class size is limited. Therefore, slots will be filled in the order that completed applications are received. The application deadline is Feb. 28.KPD to host Hispanic Civilian AcademyThe Kissimmee Utility Authority is seeking individuals interested in appointment to the utilitys board of directors. The deadline for complet ed applications is 5 p.m. on April 30. The current director, Jeanne Van Meter, has completed a partial term on the board and is eligible for reappointment. She filled the position in 2011 following the resignation and subsequent death of director Jim Kasper. Applicants must be registered voters, reside within KUAs ser vice territory and should dem onstrate a successful business or professional management career. The five-member board sets policy direction for the utility. Specifically, the board approves annual budgets, sets rates and approves major purchases. The board also directs a general manager who is responsible for day-to-day operation of the util ity. The board holds regular business meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. Workshop meet ings, generally devoted to a single subject, are held on an asneeded basis. In addition, board members represent the utility in various local, regional and national organizations. The term of a director is five years and an individual can serve two consecutive terms. Board positions are non-paid. 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Saturday, February 8, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A3 By Ken Jackson Staff Writer In 1995, the community of Intercession City was for ever scarred by the murder of a 4-year-old girl who ran and played in the neighborhood. Its people came together after Shelby Cox disap peared on Nov. 13 to des perately search, alongside law enforcement officials and strangers who just want ed to help, for the blondehaired girl. But after a weeklong search, its worst fears were realized. Jeremy Skocz, then 18, confessed to murdering Cox, stuffing her body into a duffel bag and hiding it in a shed on his adoptive parents property next door to the Cox home. In April 1998, he was sentenced to life without parole for the crime. Not long after, a park bear ing Shelbys name was built adjacent to the Intercession City Post Office, community center and the Community Wesleyan Church. On Thurs day, a refurbished Shelby Cox Memorial Park was rededicated and re-opened as a sign that the community will not let the memory of Cox and her unfulfilled potential fade away. In the presence of about two dozen residents, county, community and law enforce ment leaders cut the ribbon at the park that now includes some new playground equipment, benches, water foun tains, grill and a canopy that has been replaced and raised five feet. Cox is memorialized with a plaque. Osceola County Com missioner Michael Harford, whose district 1 includes Inter cession City, thanked county facilities and parks and rec reation department staff for bringing the community the new park. Its a safe place for chil dren to play. We strive for that every day, but sometimes civility gets away, he said. We must strive for the pro tection of our children, our future. Out of tragedy, some thing good was able to come out, and it was this park. Harford said he holds a connection to the area beyond representing it at the county level. When my family moved to Osceola County, we first came to Intercession City. So despite being your com missioner, Im pleased to help the community come together. Jim Kreider was the pas tor at Community Wesleyan Church in 1995 and helped lead the search 19 years ago, a week he said he still remem bers vividly. He appreciated the efforts of so many to make sure that Shelby Cox, who would be in her mid-20s today, is not forgotten. We had Shelbys picture up in the church for a long time, said Kreider, who is now the churchs music direc tor. I was starting to get concerned the park was being neglected. But Im glad the county is doing what it can to remember her as a remind er that we must keep our kids safe. Since the school opened, Fender and school staff have held fundraisers and partnered with local organizations and businesses to give students in the program the resources that they need. They have helped students receive food, school uniforms, supplies and even plan for their education al future. With three guid ance counselors, they work with students one-on-one to talk about their current grades and the goals students have for their future. They understand whats going on. And I think we have to have them reach for the stars. The only way that youre going to break the cycle is through education. And, when we talk to them, its really a lot of goal setting, so that its possible for them to have a bright future as long as they work really hard in school, Fender said. Over the years, the school has worked with local orga nizations such as The Green Bag Project, Celebration Foundation and Educa tion Foundation Osceola. This past year, Celebration Health hospital partnered with the school and donated $40,000 to their weekend food program. But, partnerships to help students in need dont only happen in Osceola District schools. Local nonprofit organizations also are reaching out more to support the growing number of students in need in Osceola County schools. Kathy Carr, executive direc tor of Education Foundation in Osceola County, said that she started to see the impact in the number of students during their annual backpack program three years ago. The number of calls and the schools calling us, saying, we really need help with more backpacks, that was some thing I could really pinpoint. That I could see the rising numbers in the last three to four years when the economy really got rough. That there seemed to be more need expressed from our schools, where we had guidance coun selors and teachers and peo ple calling us, we need more backpacks at our school, we dont have enough, Carr said. Gift for Teaching, Educa tion Foundations teacher school supply store, is pro viding county teachers with $1.5 million worth of sup plies. When the store opened 10 years ago, the cost for the same products and supplies for teachers was $280,000. Another program, Kids Closet, which provides students in need with new clothing, shoes and uniforms, is cur rently serving 2,000 students in the county a year. Assisting students in need, not only those in the FIT pro gram, is a community effort. Within local organizations like Education Foundation of Osceola County, Celebration Foundation and others, there are many programs that aim to cover every aspect of a students needs. And, behind every single one of those programs is a partnership of individuals and businesses donating funds to make them happen. Theyre big issues that arent going to be solved quickly. But, we need to help stabilize the children in the meantime. Thats what were trying to do is just put them on a level playing field. Lets just try to get them on a level playing field with their peers, so that they feel successful in their school environment, said Gloria Niec, executive director of Celebration Foundation. The biggest focus for all of these organizations is higher education for students in need. Carr, Fender and Niec agreed that assisting and encouraging students to go beyond graduat ing high school was the best way for them to break out of the financial situation that they are currently in. Throughout the county and within these organi zations are programs such as Got College, Campus Express and Take Stock in Children, which shows high school stu dents the choices and funds for them that are available in the county. Choices include Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) and Valencia College, both of which have programs that connect students to both schools and even University of Central Florida, with Valencias Direct Connect. In the work that I do, I might not be able to help the parent. But, Im hoping that maybe I can start working on the next generation. Id help them finish school, and maybe get a schol arship to go to college or get a technical certificate or whatever it might take so that way they can get a high-wage job and get a good living, said Carr.HomelessContinued from Page A-1 Intercession City park refurbished for memory of slain 4-year-old girl News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanBarbara Banks was the first one down the slide at the newly reopened Shelby Cox Memorial Park in Intercession City Thursday morning, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony moments earli er. The park, located at the intersection of Tallahassee Boulevard and Old Tampa Highway, fea tures large play structures, increased bench seating and the addition of a drinking fountain. Contact Ken Jackson at 321-402-0435 or by email at kjackson@osceolanews gazette.com. Contact Tiffanie Reynolds at 321-402-0434 or by email at treynolds@osceolanews gazette.com. Shop Local! 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Page A4, An environmentalist lies down alongside his fellow organic cucumber aficionados to block the construction of an oil pipeline and wakes up a member of a proxy army serving the billionaires who are fighting against Americas economic and national security interests to line their own pockets. How did that happen? This phenomenon is on display in the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline project, the cornerstone of Canada-U.S. energy independence, set to run from Alberta, Canada, into Nebraska, then ultimately to the Gulf Coast of Texas where it can be exported. None of this pleases environmental activists, whose actions suggest that they would rather America and its trading partners get their energy supply from foreign authoritarian regimes that are inclined to reinvest oil profits into war -most recently in places like the North Caucasus and Syria. But the United States does that, too! the activists argue. Indeed, most nations with a respectable GDP reinvest a significant portion of it into both offensive and defensive measures in the interest of their own national and economic security. The difference between siding with America and siding with Saudi Arabia, for example, boils down to ideology. The precise term for such an activist in the Billionaires Dictionary is useful tool. No need for a draft when there are plenty of volunteers willing to dive head-first into the cognitive trap of substituting a billionaires mind-set for their own. You would think the mere fact that these activists find themselves on the same side of an issue as billionaires might be cause for some soul-searching. Its as though cognitive dissonance, like critical thought, washes over them then quickly recedes, like it has somewhere better to be. Activists have as much of a chance at stopping the march towards U.S. energy independence as they have in affecting global climate cycles with a PowerPoint presentation by Al Gore. The only question worth asking here is, Cui bono? Who will ultimately profit? In the case of Keystone XL, last weeks State Department report ought to have assured President Obama that there were no significant environmental red flags associated with the project. Still, the White House has said that it isnt in any rush -a curious position for a president who had just wrapped a State of the Union address by highlighting the future star role of his veto pen on issues that have been subjected to infinitely less scrutiny than Keystone. So then, why the holdout? Either Obama and his supporters like the idea of foreign oil, or they prefer a domestic alternative to the pipeline. Or perhaps both. Lets assess the foreign-oil front first. After Canada, Saudi Arabia is Americas second-largest oil supplier through its national oil company, Saudi Aramco, but Western oil companies benefit from lucrative joint ventures and service contracts. According to the BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) website: Our Integrated Supply and Trading (IST) team purchase and supply a wide range of crude oil and refined products, destined for BPs vast refining and marketing networks, as well as to other international petroleum markets. The BP Representative Office in Riyadh helps to direct, coordinate and assist all BP activities in the Kingdom. Jolly good, chaps! At least until Canada supplants BPs Saudi cash cow, right? One of the most outspoken (if not wealthiest) anti-Keystone activists is billionaire Tom Steyer, a tireless purveyor of alarmist anti-pipeline billboards and advertisements. A spokesman for Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), whom Steyer has ripped over Lynchs support for Keystone, told Canadas Globe and Mail last year that its hypocritical for Steyer to oppose the pipeline after making a fortune off BP stock. Awkward. On t he d omestic front, if Keystone becomes a reality, rail cars that serve to transport oil will be rendered redundant. A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train that was hauling oil exploded in North Dakota in December. A similar train explosion in Quebec last summer killed dozens of people. Doesnt sound like a very environmentally friendly alternative to me. How many polar bears did those fireballs end up choking? Tough to measure that. But you know what doesnt seem anywhere near as difficult to measure? The $34 billion that Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway spent to acquire Burlington Northern Santa Fe in 2009. The longer Keystone remains delayed, the more attractive the alternative of having Obamas favorite billionaire stepping in to provide the stopgap solution. By all means, enviro-warriors, carry on. I just thought that perhaps you might want to meet your generals. Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist and former Fox News host based in Paris. She appears frequently on TV and in publications in the U.S. and abroad. Her website can be found at http://www.rachelmarsden.com. As the New Year kicks off, resolutions are made and its a chance to set new goals and begin with renewed energy to improve conditions in our lives, and in our community. It is also a time to reflect on what we have done in the last year, both to acknowledge achievements and to examine areas in which we fell short. When it comes to abused and neglected children in Osceola County, more than 371 children benefited from their local center and related services, but we need to pledge to do far more in 2014. The Osceola community has an army of dedicated, specially trained professionals from child welfare and law enforcement to advocates, medical staff and treatment providers who work diligently to provide the most compassionate care possible. The multi-agency staff work cooperatively together and with years of experience and proven results, this community achieved the highest level of national CAC accreditation. This status is evidence that abused children in Osceola County have access to the best available evidence based care after their abuse is discovered. With this credentialing, you might ask why do we need to do far more in 2014? The answer is two-fold. First, even though we have multiple care providers from different agencies working to maintain the highest standards, the Osceola CAC needs continued financial support from every segment of the community. From stakeholders, consumers, private funders, businesses to government, we must come together to ensure the safety net of the local advocacy center never fails for children who are being hurt in our community. Second, the majority of child abuse remains unreported so we need to increase our efforts on public awareness. It is estimated that only 10 percent of child sexual abuse victims disclose their abuse during childhood. Without exception, we must adhere to a strong community pledge to let no abused or neglected child be left without hope and the services they need. This focus can make the difference between identifying and treating those anonymous children or allowing them to remain in a harmful situation. In many interviews, sexual offenders have admitted to spending every waking moment, even while in commitment facilities, thinking and planning how to prey on children. If you take just one offender with a one year sentence, that equates to 365 full days of thinking and planning how to offend on their next victim. We have to be three steps ahead. What a major difference we could make if we equaled that time, attention and resources on preventing, identifying, protecting and treating our children. Its time to equal the math for our children in Osceola. 2014 should be that year. For more information on how to help or for resources available at no cost, please call 407-518-6936 or 407-742-1548 or visit our website at www.osceolakids.com. Please note the CAC has moved to 110 W. Neptune Road, Kissimmee. Joy Chuba is the Childrens Advocacy Center Osceola executive director. Submit letters to the editor to Osceola News-Gazette, 108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you wish to fax your letter to the newspaper, the number is 407-846-8516. Email letters to news@ osceolanewsgazette.com. No more than one letter per writer will be published each month. An individual will be allowed to submit one letter of rebuttal if he or an organization he represents is the subject of a letter to the editor. All letters include the name, address and daytime phone number of the writer for verification purposes. The News-Gazette will not publish the writers phone number. Letters to t he editor are published on Thursdays and Saturdays. If you have any questions about letters to the editor or the Opinion page, contact Editor Brian McBride at 321-402-0436. Email at email@example.com. Guest column Got a gripe? Its an odd thing. Some times, when I speak before high school or college students, someone in the audience, knowing I began my professional life as a pop music critic, will ask what I think of music today. I always demur that I dont listen to a lot of it, but that most of what I do hear kind of, well ... bores me. While there are exceptions i.e., Adele -much of it feels corporate, cold, plastic, imagedriven, less reflective of talent than tech, more programmed than played. Of course, the old folks are not supposed to get the young folks music. Thats the whole point of the young folks music. But heres the odd part: After Ive said all this, as Im bracing to take my lumps for being antique and out of touch, the young people many of them, anyway -tell me Im right. They agree with me. Thats not supposed to happen and it says something that it does. What it says is worth pondering as we commemorate a milestone in popular music and culture. On Friday, it will be 50 years since the Beatles landed in New York City. They would appear on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 Sullivan was what passed for music television over three successive Sundays, twice from New York, once from the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach. They also squeezed in a concert in Washington. There is a great photo that captures the pandemonium of that era: It shows a hapless New York City cop carrying some girl who just fell out, limbs splayed, knocked senseless by proximity to the lads from Liverpool. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr brought their bright harmonies, jangling guitars, longfor-1964 hair and cheeky irreverence to America, and American girls responded in shrieks while suddenly-ignored American boys practiced looking indifferent, as if they were cinderblocks who could stand, unmoved and unchanged, by the wave now washing over them. But they were not cinderblocks, they were sandcastles. We all were. The Beatles rode the forefront of a wave that would reshape everything music, fashion, culture, politics and neither America nor the world would ever be the same. It is hard to imagine that Justin Bieber or Chris Brown, extraordinarily popular as they are, gives anyone that finger-stuck-in-a-wall-socket shock of something new, that lunar landing sense of discovery, that fizzy realization that you have found something made for you, about you, definitive of you and your times -not them and theirs. Has that happened since hip-hop hit middle age? Hasnt the culture become repetitive and pro forma, contenting itself with staged provocations (Madonna kissing Britney, Kanye mugging Taylor) that pretend to portend Something New Happening, but really do not? Like theyre all just trying too hard? Its too bad. That moment of Something New Happening is the birthright of every generation. To hear young people agree with some aging boomer about their music is to feel they have been cheated. Apparently, some of them know it. Theyre the ones telling me Im right and listening to Beatles songs on their phones. When I was that age, Id have put my ears out rather than listen to Nat King Cole. Because popular music is about breaking away from the staid normalcy of what came before. But maybe in an era where mom has tattoos and dad has a boyfriend, theres nothing left to break away from. Thats pop cultures victory and burden, the unseen thing Justin Bieber and Rihanna struggle against. They ply their trade in a day when change has a tour jacket and a corporate sponsor. But as that girl passed out in a policemans arms could tell you: Its just not the same. Fifty years ago, change stepped off a jet at JFK and sent the country into an uproar. We have gained much but lost a few things, too on the long and winding road since then. Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Saturday, February 8, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 against three co-defendants in their trials later this year. His sentencing was scheduled for March 28, but that should be post poned with the trial of the other three set for April. Schafer also is awaiting his day in court on another mur der charge. Kissimmee police have charged him with shoot ing and killing David Guer rero, 17, as he was walking to a bus stop on Central Ave nue early in the morning of June 25, 2013. Damus originally was charged as an accessory in that case, but those charges were dropped. He and Schafer both still are charged with shooting the rifle in question in all of these cases, a Hi-Point carbine-action .45 caliber weapon, into a series of dwellings in Kissimmee, St. Cloud and unincorporated Osceola County. According to police reports, Schafers father, Lothar Schafer, purchased the gun days before the shootings began, saying his son was having ongoing problems with individuals in Poinciana. Since the teen ager was able to gain access to the gun, the father was charged with felony counts of permitting a minor to possess a firearm and culpable negligence resulting in death. Lothar Schafers trial also is scheduled for the week of April 28.TrialContinued from Page A-1 By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer An investigation into a terminated Osceola County Courthouse employee last week resulted in no criminal charges, according to a Sher iffs Office report. The case, which was closed Monday, involved for mer County Clerks Office Finance Administrator Lynn Greenwood, one of the three courthouse employees terminated last week. Adam Alva rez, Clerks Office public information officer, accused her of stealing county court house documents as she was escorted out of the building Tuesday, Jan. 28. The papers, two checks, were found in her handbag. Alvarez stated in the sher iffs report that Greenwoods supervisor, Tony Guzman, told her to no longer remove documents from the Clerks Office in November 2013. Alvarez also stated that he never gave Greenwood permission to take documents or checks from the building. In the report, Guzman confirmed Alvarezs state ment about Greenwood not to take documents or checks from the building, along with others who were present when Greenwood was escorted. But, the Osceola County Sheriffs Office didnt file charges against Greenwood, stating that having access to files, records or documents was part of her position with the Clerks Office. I was not provided with any additional evidence that demonstrated that Ms. Greenwood cashed any checks, forged any documents, or attempted to defraud the Osceola County Clerks Office of any funds, stated Deputy Robert Barroso in his report. Alvarez did not respond to a News-Gazette public infor mation request for the termi nated employees personnel files at press time Friday. The three former employees also declined to comment. Termination of Clerks Office employee leads to investigation By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer Osceola County still hasnt given up on SunRail. In an impromptu visit from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Feb. 1, 35 leaders from all over Central Florida got the chance to sit with him to talk about the future of transportation in the area. Funding for SunRail Phase Two South, which will connect San Lake Road to Poinciana, was the only topic a majority of the group discussed. Funding for the second phase, which is scheduled to be complete by 2016, was left out of the Department of Transportations 2014 budget. The biggest reason was due to sequestration in late 2013, which pushed the department to only include projects close to completion for 2014. But, many Cen tral Florida leaders are still fighting for it, as they split the project into two phases on the Department of Trans portations request. We have to find bet ter ways to move through out Central Florida. My district, district 3, about a year ago got designated the worst commute in Ameri ca. And thats because we have become so car-centric and have been designed so. But, providing mass transit opportunities is the way to go. Especially with an aging population here in the state of Florida, our seniors are also going to need a via ble transportation option, said County Commissioner Brandon Arrington. Phase Two will consist of four stations from San Lake Road to Poinciana in Osceola County. This phase needs the federal grant to start construction, and the project needs to be put in the presidents budget for 2015 in order for it to still be completed by the original 2016 date. 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Page A6, Follow us on Twitte r Wharton says yes to Rutgers National Signing Days local starsThe Osceola News-Gazette invites its readers to follow all of the action at the 2014 Win ter Olympic Games at Sochi at aroundosceola.com. Simply scan the QR code below with your cell phone, or visit aroundosceola.com and click on the Sochi 2014 ban ner, for a direct link to break ing Olympics news. The medal count for the United States will be updated in each issue of the paper through the end of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Four Osceola Kowboys football players signed grants to three colleges and universi ties Wednesday at the schools amphitheater. Quarterback Daequan Harrison will play at Coastal Caro lina University at Conway, SC. Running back Dwight Scooter Fagan will play for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas next season. Two Kowboys defensive linemen signed to Southeastern University in Lake land: Darrell Porter and Jaqwan Dockery. Kowboys Coach Doug Nichols and OHS Principal Jim DiGiacomo were on hand, along with the players families and friends, to offer congratulations. This is a special day, because this is what its all about, watching these play ers sign scholarships to fur ther their educations, Nichols said. Nichols said that the four players were key members of highly-successful OHS teams that compiled a 24-4 record over the past two seasons and reached the state semifinals twice. They were 10-2 their sophomore year. I dont know for sure, but I dont imag ine there are many places that could match that kind of success, Nichols said. They were a huge part of it. Harrison said he selected Coastal Carolina, coached by Joe Maglia, from among several other programs that included Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, South Dakota State and The Citadel. Im going to play defen sive back. Thats the best posi tion for me, probably, Har rison said. Harrison reluctantly played quarterback the past two sea sons for the Kowboys because there wasnt a better option, Nichols said. Every year hed come to Four Kowboys celebrate their football grants By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Three St. Cloud Bulldogs will play on Saturdays next season after signing college grants at the Bulldog gym Wednesday on National Sign ing Day. Defensive back Kendrick Calixte (Henderson State, Arkansas), Leo Nunez (South eastern University, Lake land) and Jonathan Stewart (Youngstown State, Ohio) were joined by family members and teammates to celebrate their signings. St. Cloud Coach Bryan Smart said that the three play ers earned their scholarships through hard work. They had goals, and they arent through, yet. They are going to be successful in life, Smart said. We wish them the best, and were looking forward to seeing them play next season. Calixte said he has never been to Arkodelphia, Ark., but he is looking forward to joining Coach Scott Maxfields program. The Reddies play in the Great American Conference and have gone unbeaten the past two seasons.Follow the 2014 Olympics right here By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Proving that the adage about college football of, Have talent, will recruit, is still in place, Gateway High Schools auditorium was abuzz Wednesday like it had never been on National Signing Day. Isaiah Wharton, a four-year varsity football starter for the Panthers, signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights were 6-6 and lost the Pinstripe Bowl to Notre Dame this season, but they have moved from the American Athletic Conference to the Big Ten. Wharton becomes Gate ways first major-college foot ball signee. Quarterback Rob Harding signed with Northern Illinois in 1997, the year the Huskies joined the Mid-Ameri can Conference. Wharton, a second-generation Panthers football player five of his uncles played at Gateway also fielded offers from Big Ten programs Indi ana and Illinois and locally at UCF before choosing Rutgers. The 6-0, 190-pound cor nerback initially had planned to go to Weber State in Utah to join Panthers alum Zack Smith, but he said that choice was made in frustra tion of the recruiting pro cess, or lack thereof. This is an exciting day for me, all my family, and the school, but its also good to have it over with, Wharton said. My uncles were great athletes, too, but its special to be the schools first Division I (football) athlete. Its just a dream come true. And anyone who comes after me needs to believe that you can do anything if you put in the work. Wharton said he was sold on the Scarlet Knight program after making his visit to the North Jersey campus the week before the Super Bowl and committed to recruiting coordinator Jim Panagos and defensive secondary coach Darrell Wilson. The facilities were out standing, and I really bond ed with the coaches and the other recruits there that week, Wharton said. And I was hosted by a kid from Florida. Rutgers has put defensive backs in the NFL, too. His mother, Holly Whar ton, who was joined at Wednesdays ceremony by a large extended family and teammates, said shes more grateful for the scholarship opportunity for her son than she is sad that hes moving 1,000 miles away. Every airline goes into Newark from here, she said with a smile. Were going to as many games as possible. Wharton was used in Coach Marlin Roberts offen sive and defensive game plans all four of his varsity years. He tallied 56 tackles and seven interceptions during his career. Three of the pickoffs came in his senior season. In a game against Lake Nona he held Lions wideout Kevin Sousa, a University of Florida signee, to seven catches for 55 yards, half of his average for receptions. Wharton intercepted junior quarterback Tucker Israel, who already committed to Clemsons signing class next year, in the game. He also started at running back and ripped off 187 yards on 15 carries, including an 84-yard touchdown run. Wharton led Gateway with 860 rushing yards and seven touchdowns last season. Roberts said he knew four years ago that Wharton would be a major college recruit. Ive known him since he was a pup in the little league, Roberts said. He was one of the first in the ninth grade group when I took the job. Gateway didnt have the suc cess or tradition of other pro grams around, but he didnt Gateway defensive back Isaiah Wharton (center), flanked by his parents, Desmond and Holly, celebrated his foot ball scholarship to Rutgers University Wednesday with family members at the GHS Performing Arts Center.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanSee Wharton, Page A-8 United States Medal Tally GOLD 00 SILVER 00 BRONZE 00 Osceola High Principal Jim DiGiacomo stands behind the four Kowboys who signed football grants Wednesday. Seated from left: Daequan Harrison, Dwight Scooter Fagan, Darrell Porter and Jaqwan Dockery.News-Gazette Photo/Rick PedoneSt. Cloud football coach Bryan Smart stands with his three football signees Wednes day: from left, Leo Nunez, Jonathan Stewart and Kendrick Calixte.News-Gazette Photo/Rick PedoneGateway DB is first to sign Big Ten grantSee Kowboys, Page A-7 See Bulldogs, Page A-8Bulldogs sending three football players to college
Saturday, February 8, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A7 Kowboys Continued from page A-6 Harmony girls thrash Bartow, 40-29 A-7me before the season and say, Did a quarterback move in? because he really wanted to play defensive back, Nichols said. Harrison rushed for 813 yards and six touchdowns and passed for 648 yards and six TDs last season. He said The Citadel was interested in having him play quarterback. Such is Harrisons athletic ability that the Chanticleer coaches are offering Harri son a scholarship at defensive back even though there is very little tape on Harrison playing that position. They can see what an athlete he is, and how smart he is, Nichols said. He can literally do anything you ask him to do. He was a receiver his sophomore year. He had never played quarterback until the spring before he was a junior. Fagan was a four-year varsity starter and he was one of the most electric players in Osceola County each of those seasons with game-breaking ability both as a running back and as a return man. He also punted for the Kowboys. Fagan rushed for 710 yards and six touchdowns last season. He also was a natural at throwing the option pass, hitting 3-of-4 last season for 118 yards and a touchdown. Im going to sign there with the idea of working on my grades and bringing them up, Fagan said. Once I do that, Ill be able to transfer to a bigger school. Oregon is where I want to go. Hutchinson has a respected football program that has produced several NFL players, most recently Minnesota Vikings receiver Corradelle Patterson. Nichols said, Scooter has a lot of ability, and hes a great kid. Porter, one of several standout defensive linemen for the Kowboys, was in the middle of the action all season, making 48 tackles, causing two fumbles and recovering three fumbles. He tied Derek Rivers for the team lead in sacks with six. He said he did not expect to be impressed with Southeastern, which is starting its football program this year, when he arranged for his visit, but he is happy to sign on. Its a real nice place and the people are friendly, he said. I love the atmosphere there. Porter played outside line backer as well as the defensive line at OHS, so he is prepared to handle either task. Im not the biggest guy for the defensive line (5-11, 195), but Im pretty quick, he said. Dockery said he decided late in the recruiting process to join Porter at Southeastern, but not only because his teammate was going there. I liked the campus, and they are looking for a nose guard type and thats a good position for me. I can handle that, Dockery, 5-10, 255, said. Dockery made 38 tackles last season. Former OHS defensive backs coach Shannon Benton is a defensive coach for the Fire and said it was an easy decision to invite Porter and Dockery to join the team, which plays in the NAIA Sun Conference. They are from Osceola, so right there you know what you have. I was here four years (under Coach Jeff Rolson) and I know that, Benton said. The biggest thing for us, though, is that we are a small, Christian school and we adhere to those values, and we make no apologies for that. These young men have the type of character and values that we look for, and were happy to have them. OHS linebacker Mikeice Adams, a News-Gazette Defensive Player of the Year, has several scholarship offers if he can raise his SAT or ACT test scores, Nichols said. A lot of places are interested in him, he said. He could have signed with a community college, but he decided to wait, so hopefully that will work out. By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Shaking off a sluggish sec ond-quarter, Harmony went on a 12-2 run to begin the second half and ran Bartow out of the regional playoffs, 40-29, Thursday at the Lady Longhorns gym. Harmonys Julia Ingler (17 points), Regan Dotson (11) and Stephanie Baur (8) all seniors riddled the nets to help the Lady Horns extend an 18-12 halftime lead to 30-14 midway through the third quarter. The win lifts Harmony (243) into the regional semifi nal round Tuesday at 7 p.m. Harmony will host nemesis Haines City, a 60-38 winner over St. Cloud. Haines City beat Harmony in the regional finals the past two years. Employing their tenacious man-to-man defense, the Horns forced the Yellow Jack ets to miss 10 of their first 11 shots and led 12-2 after the first quarter. With us, it always starts with defense, Harmony Coach Paul Strauch said. We arent going to out score anyone. Harmonys offense slumped in the second quarter and Bar tow pulled close as 6-1 center Bailey Wolfe, who left the game midway in the first quar ter after picking up two quick fouls, returned and helped the Jackets offense outscore Har mony, 10-6, to pull within four, 16-12. Harmony was just one of 10 from the field in the second quarter. Ingler said Strauch told the team to relax and run the offense during halftime. He told us to play our game, she said. We knew Bartows defense because our JV was running all their plays and we practiced against it all week. The JVs helped us out. Strauch said his players were rushing their shots in the second quarter. We werent settling down for our shots, we were always shooting on the run, Strauch said. Even when we were taking set shots, we were moving. Harmony hit seven of 12 shots in the third quarter as Ingler, Dotson and Baur combined to hit the Horns first five shots of the second half to put the game out of reach. Harmony built its lead to 17, 33-16, late in the third quarter. Bartow hit only 12 of 46 shots (26 percent) against Harmonys sticky defense. Chenya Sealey had 10 points for the Yellow Jackets. Strauch credited his broth er, assistant coach Drew Strauch, for that success. Hes a genius. He has scouting reports from most of the games they played. Hes calling out their plays as soon as they try to run them. I look a lot better than I should thanks to him, Paul Strauch said. Harmony hit just 33 per cent, but six of those were 3-pointers. The Lady Horns effectively ran down the clock in the fourth quarter, frustrat ing the Yellow Jackets. We spend the first 20 min utes of every practice working on handling the ball, Strauch said. Weve got four seniors (including Rebekah Fitzpatrick) who stepped up and played like seniors should. St. Cloud Coach Chad Ans baugh said Haines City was too strong for his team, which finished 22-8. 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Page A8, A-8 They were looking at tape because Jonathan was think ing about going there, and from that they offered me a scholarship, Calixte said. Ive never been there (to Arkansas), but I have been to Kentucky and that area. Calixte, who plans to study business management, made 23 tackles last season and recovered a fumble. He said he plans to add a few pounds to his 170-pound frame. Yeah, Ill try to get up to around 185, he said. Stewart, who transferred to St. Cloud from Liberty, will play middle linebacker at Youngstown State, coached by Eric Wolford. The Pen guins play in the NCAAs Horizon League. At 6-1, 230 pounds with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash, he is the type of athlete who could succeed at several positions. Defense, he said, comes first. I played some fullback here, but I like to hit. Ive always liked playing middle linebacker, he said. Stewart, who made 28 tackles last season after missing several games due to an injury, said he liked the Youngstown State cam pus when he visited. But, he knows that the weather in Ohio isnt always pleasant. Yeah, it gets cold, he said. But, its a nice campus. Nunez came to St. Cloud for his senior year after playing for Life Academy. The rangy wide receiver had 20 catches for 175 yards during a season when the struggling Bulldogs offense used four quarterbacks. He said Southeasterns Christian-based curriculum appeals to him. From my background at Life Academy, it is the type of place I wanted to be, he said. Its small, its close to home and its very friendly. Im looking forward to getting my degree in nursing there. Southeastern is beginning its football program under Coach Jason Beck and will play in the NAIA Florida Sun Conference.BulldogsContinued from page A-6 HCS set for playoffs By Rick Pedone Sports Editor The Heritage Christian boys basketball team is in a familiar position: the top seed in the Florida Christian Conferences Eastern Conference as the playoffs begin Tuesday. Heritage, 17-4, under Coach Jim Estrella, again will challenge for the FCC championship. The Eagles have won four FCC titles, one under Estrella. The team finished the regular season Tuesday by rolling over Altamonte Christian, 50-20. The Eagles have one of the most talented players in the county on the roster in freshman Jacob Newman. New man, who missed a month of action because of an ankle injury, is averaging 28.2 points and 11 rebounds per game. Even without Newman for much of January, the team barely missed a beat as others stepped forward. One of those was guard Mark Wiley, who turned into one of the teams most productive scorers. He had a 44-point outburst last month. Wiley averages 10.5 points per game. Guard Juan Mejia averages three assists per game, and forward Tim Sikoski is averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. Edward Alberto is chipping in 6.8 points per game. Estrella is confident that his team will challenge for the FCC championship again. We can match up against anyone in the conference, Estrella said. Heritage will host Altemonte or Community Christian of Bradenton Tuesday. The Lady Eagles, 11-7, also begin their championship quest. They will travel to Community Christian Monday to open the playoffs. Sian Archibald leads the team with 13.6 points per game. Syanne Rowe averages 8.5 points and 9.5 rebounds and Katherine Ortiz is averaging 7.6 points each game. Tatyana Lyons averages 6.7 rebounds per outing.WhartonContinued from page A-6want to go somewhere else, he wanted to continue what his family started here. 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Take the basic premise of The Dirty Dozen throw in a bit of Indiana Jones and Oceans 11 and you have pretty much got The Monuments Men, a World War IIera film with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray. You wont find anything amazing here, but this is a pretty sturdy adventure yarn (directed and co-written by Clooney) based on the true story of one of the greatest treasure hunts in history the recovery of thousands of works of art, stolen by the Nazis. Considering the stellar cast and direction, I was counting on something a bit more substan tial from The Monuments Men. But the pacing is lacking, and the films most suspenseful moments are a letdown. But that doesnt mean The Monuments Men is not enjoyable. I sort of have a vague recol lection of reading or hearing about this (if you remember The Train with Burt Lancaster, it kind of covers some of the same territory). The Nazis did many atrocious things, but some of those Nazis, Hitler included, were lovers of art and it was one of their top priorities to steal masterworks from museums and private collections (mostly from Jews) during the war years. It is up to Frank Stokes (Cloo ney) and his pals, mostly art scholars, to get trained for a high risk mission that will take them behind enemy lines in Germany. .scar The Monuments Men offers old-fashioned adventure Peter CovinoFilm Critic Section B Check out aroundosceola.com February 8, 2014 Its the not-so-dirty, half-dozen COUNTY FAIR KISSIMMEE The 70th Annual Osceola County Fair returns Feb. 14 23. The Childrens Pet Show also will return for an afternoon of adorable pets, even cuter kids, fun, laughs, rib bons and the coveted Best of Show trophy. Children from both rural and urban back grounds come together to showcase their pets to the spectators and judges. Each contestant is given the opportunity to walk or carry their pet around the show ring. 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Before the concert, guests can catch color ful beads by the handful during the festive Mardi Gras parade, which will feature 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating Jules Vernes novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. Guests can also visit Universal Studios Floridas very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street. Universal Orlandos Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Stu dios Florida. For more information, visit www. universalorlando.com/mardigras. LUNCH AND MEAT COMPETITION KISSIMMEE Join Texas Roadhouse for a special fundraiser luncheon to benefit Give Kids The World. Eighty-seven professional meat cut ters from around the country will travel to Kissimmee to compete in the National Meat Cutting Challenge event to determine who will move on to the final round and a chance at $20,000. Fol lowing the competition, Texas Roadhouse will grill the hand cut steaks prepared during the competition, for a special luncheon with 100% of all sales going to Give Kids The World. Cost of the luncheon for the general public is $10 per person and includes legendary Texas Roadhouse grilled steak, two made from scratch sides, fresh baked rolls with honey cinnamon butter and nonalcoholic beverage. The event is Wednesday, Feb. 26. The National Meat Cutting Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. The charity luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. For lunch tickets/information email Kirsten@fdfdfd.com. ROCKET LAUNCH KENNEDY SPACE CENTER Another nighttime launch will light up the skies on the Space Coast when a Delta IV rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thurs day, Feb. 20. The rocket is targeted to lift off dur ing a launch window of 8:40 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. EST. The Delta IV rocket will carry the GPS 2F-5 navigation satellite, a Global Positioning System satellite. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season. For more information, call 877-3132610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com. See Movie, page B-2 SonyThe Monuments Men Directed by: George Clooney Running time: 118 minutes Rated: PG-13 BGeorge Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon and John Goodman make for an unlikely set of heroes in The Monuments Men, a World War II-era film about the search for, and recovery of, Nazi stolen art. By Peter Covino A&E Editor Diamonds may be a girls best friend, but is there anything as addictive as a box of chocolates? If you are looking for that special something for a significant other this Valentines Day, you can say it with some freshly made chocolates. And it certainly is cheaper than diamonds. Schakolad Chocolate Factory/ Chocolate Kingdom, over by Old Town, west of Kissimmee, is parttourist attraction and part-chocolate shop. With Valentines Day only a week away, its the chocolate fac torys shop that should prove to be very popular. If you have some time, the facto ry tour is a nice way to get, literally, the inside story of the history and the making of, all things chocolate. Its also a good place for a spe cial event, like birthday parties. Bernie Schaked, who owns the business with son, Edgar, said they not only get birthday party events but bridal parties as well. The factory has a separate room for events and guests can not only take a tour, but make their own chocolate cre ation as well. The Customize Your Own Chocolate Bar station lets you choose your flavor milk, dark and white, all made in the European tradition on the premises, and cus tomize it with your choice of three toppings. There are 16 toppings to choose from (everything from pretzels and peanuts to bacon, cayenne pepper and cranberries, so it wont be easy). But for Valentines Day, some -Chocolates, knightly dinner and a romantic weekend are all Valentine possibilities How do you want your corn dog? See Heart, page B-2 By Peter Covino A&E Editor The Osceola County Fair is less than a week away, but you can get a head start on all those fun-filled fair type activities at the Florida State Fair, which is now underway. The biggest fair in the state, this is the 110th edition of the fair. The fair runs at the Florida State Fairgrounds, just off of Inter state 4, east of Tampa. This is a historic year for the fair and it has the theme st Place For Fun reminding fairgo ers that the Florida State Fair is the first state fair of the year in the country. The fair has the largest inde pendent midway and highlight ing the largest traveling roller coaster in North America, the fair also offers 110 free things to do; four featured concerts in cluding America, Country Gold, Sister Hazel and Uncle Kracker; amazing animals and livestock; the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country; bizarre side show spectacles like sword swallowing and fire eat ing; the FMX Motorcycle Thrill Zone; fair food and other excit ing entertainment throughout the twelve days of Fair fun. Weve created expanded daily discounts and promotions to appeal to every group from honoring our heroes on open ing day and four senior days to college day and four student days touching nine surrounding coun -Florida State Fair ofcially launches the fair seasonTake heart this Valentines Day See Fair, page B-2 The Florida State Fair Midway features the largest traveling roller coaster in North America and a lot more. MecumThe Mecum show at Osceola Heritage Park is over for another year and once again the largest collector car auction in the world lived up to its name. A grand total of 2,750 cars were sold throughout the 10 days of bidding and hard-ham mering sales. Auction sales reached $63,435,490 in total with 1,759 of the vehicles exchanging hands for a sellthrough rate of 64 percent. The show was broadcast nationally with more than 48 hours on NBC Sports and Esquire networks.The top 5 sales list: 1.1971 Plym outh Hemi Cuda at $560,000 (shown above); 2. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe at $530,000 3. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible at $510,000; 4. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker at $475,000 5. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Big Tank Coupe at $350,000.News-Gazette photo/Andrew SullivanWhile the Chocolate Kingdom has an emphasis on hearts and other Valentine chocolate gifts, owner Bernie Schaked shows the Kissimmee area chocolate factory is good for all seasons. 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Page B2, MovieContinued from page B-1 While rescue films with guys in training for an important missions usually have big, tough guys (like The Dirty Dozen ), The Monuments Men has a band of mostly middle-aged guys, who have been sitting behind a desk for the past decade or two, suddenly learning a thing or two about hand-to-hand combat. You get the feeling that Cloo ney must be friends with most of the cast members, since ev eryone seems to get at least one big scene of their own, though Murray and character actor Bob Balaban, frequently steal the film with their portrayed feuding and dislike for each other. Of course, its all for laughs. While Clooney has had some success as a director (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Goodnight and Good Luck), The Monuments Men is a film with more of an epic feel and I cant help but wonder what the movie with look like if it was directed by say Ron Howard or Steven Spielberg. The YearlingOne of the classic family films of all-time, The Yearling, returns to the big screen and for free at the Enzian Theatre Sun day. Its been 75 years since The Yearling, by Marjorie Keenan Rawlings was published. The book also won the Pulitzer in 1914 for its honest portrayal of life in the scrublands of Florida in the 1870s. Starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman, it is also the story of young Jody Baxter (Claude Jarman, Jr.) and his orphaned pet fawn that follows him around with devotion. The Enzian has an event scheduled before the 7 p.m., out door screening. At 6 p.m., there will be a major discussion of the book in the Eden Courtyard with Dr. Maurice Socky OSullivan (Kenneth Curry Professor of Literature, Rollins College), Dr. Jack Lane (Professor Emeritus, Rollins College History Dept.) and several other dignataries and professors. thing a little more creative is in order, and the shop/factory has more than a dozen gifts that will please the chocolate lover in everyone. Prices are as little as $5 for a single chocolate rose, or you can say I love you more regally with a an extra large chocolate heart box (yes, the box is chocolate) filled with assorted chocolates for $70. Other chocolate gifts include individual chocolate champagne glasses filled with cherries ($10); a choco late champagne bottle with chocolate champagne glasses filled with cherries ($50); or, one dozen ($40) or two dozen ($70) chocolate-cov ered strawberries. For the more creatively minded, the shop also offers chocolate handcuffs (that read Prisoner of Love) for $12 and Schako Paint, chocolate body paint, com plete with brush, for $13. All of the above prices were online pricing. Store pricing may vary. You can check out all the items in more detail at www.schakolad.com. The website also lists many more chocolate items such as create your own box of chocolates $18-$56; as well as signature truffles, cake truffles and more. You can see all of the items in person (any many more including chocolate soda, chocolate wine, choco late potato chip balls and chocolate Florida flip flops) at the factory/shop at 5718 W. U.S. Highway 192, phone, 407-248-6400. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon until 8 p.m. weekends. There is no doubt that choc olate makes people happy. When you enter the shop when the adjacent factory is in operation, the smell of chocolate greets you. Its aroma therapy, said Schaked. It makes people smile.More ValentinesLife is more than just a box of chocolates As addictive as chocolates can be, there are other options for Valentines Day. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, the longest run ning dinner show in North America, is offering dinners a Valentines The special package includes: Admission for two to the show and tournament. Double sided frame with photo. Commemorative Valen tines Day scroll. Two champagne glasses with split of champagne. Two knights cheering flags. Sweetheart light-up red rose and cheering wand. Admission for two to the Dungeon. Valentines Day special show times are as follows: Feb. 9-13: 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 14 and 16: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15: 3:45 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Doors open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to show times. Valentines Day at Medieval Times expresses the essence of courtly love and the magical spirit of the holiday, said Doug Dorn, Medieval Times Florida Castles General Manager. We want our guests to experience an unforgettable Valentines Day, and our Cou ples Package is the perfect way to celebrate with your special loved one. Medieval Times new est show debuted in summer 2012. Medieval Times fea tures more rivalry and revelry than ever before with exciting updated elements com bined with popular traditions. With authentic weaponry and enhanced armor, the show presents non-stop action, pag eantry and drama timed to the tempo of the music. To get tickets visit www. medievaltimes.com for more details or call 1-888-WEJOUST. Guests can also find Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament-Orlando on Facebook. Chocolate is back on the menu at Quantum Leap Winery, Wednesday, Feb. 12 at class called Wine and Chocolate Perfectly Paired. The class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the winery. Jill Ramsier, co-owner of Quantum Leap Winery, and Lisa Wilk, founder of Orlan do Uncorked, are offering the class. Ramsier, a seasoned marketing executive who spent more than 12 years in the restaurant industry before making the full leap into the world of wine, is excited to share how wines are produced at Quantum Leap, the specific characteristics of each of the wines and how different flavors in the wine are brought out after the chocolate is introduced. We feel like the timing of this class couldnt be better -two days before Valentines Day, said Ramsier. Our class experience will allow participants to taste through some of our wine portfolio while they enjoy paired chocolate items that best showcase both the wine and the sweets. The duo will walk through six delicious pairings of Quan tum Leap wine and chocolate from Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park. Class attendees will learn more about Peterbrooke Chocolate and a bit of Choco late 101 so they better under stand the principles of pairing chocolate and wine and the synergy of the two delights, said Wilk. The cost of the wine and chocolate pairing is $35. The online link is https://www. eventbrite.com/e/wine-andchocolate-perfectly-pairedtickets-10210669387#sthash. fjlNsGRr.dpuf. Quantum Leap is located in the Mills 50 district at 1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando. Hours of operation are 2-7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon 6 p.m. on Saturdays. More information is available at www.quantumleapwinery.com or by calling 407-730-3082 or emailing info@quantumleap winery.com. The timeless love of Romeo and Juliet can be part of your Valentine Day with a screening of the play captured live at area theaters. For three days Thurs day, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 16 Fath om Events, Screenvision and BroadwayHD will bring the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet to 800 movie screens nationwide. Starring Orlando Bloom opposite Tony-nomi nated Condola Rashad as Shakespeares star-crossed lovers, the infamous story was captured live on Nov. 2013 at New Yorks Richard Rodgers Theatre and was directed on stage by five-time Tony nomi nee David Leveaux and for the cinemas by Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live). Romeo and Juliet will be shown at area cinemas on Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. including AMC Altamonte Mall, AMC Down town Disney 24, AMC Univer sal Cineplex 20, Regal Pointe Orlando and Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20. Romeo and Juliet will be shown at Altamonte Mall, Downtown Disney and Uni versal Cineplex, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www. FathomEvents.com. For something really special, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is offering a Valentines Package and Sweet Din ner, for Feb. 14.Valentines PackageEnjoy a relaxing and roman tic stay in a deluxe guestroom at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resorts warm, tropical oasis and dinner for two at Heming ways for $299. Special offer code: VDAY Hemingways Valentines Three-Course Sweetheart Dinner, Friday, Feb. 14 and Sat urday, Feb. 15 is $100 per couple. Open for dinner at 6 p.m. Call to make reserva tions: 407-239-3854. Menu highlights: Key Wester Salad with Maytag Bleu Cheese Dressing. Duo of Butter Poached Lob ster and Sliced Filet Mignon. Chocolate and Chambord Heart Milk Chocolate Mousse. Heart Continued from page B-1 FairContinued from page B-1 ties, said Charles Pesano, executive director of the Flori da State Fair Authority. This is a great year to experience the fair and the key for having epic fun on a budget will be to buy early and save. Parking at the fair is free Admission: Advance pric ing is $7 for seniors (select se nior days only;) $9 for adults. $5 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are free. Ride armbands are $25 in advance. Ticket Purchase: Available at Walgreens stores and participat ing AAA locations throughout the area. There are more than 110 rides at the fair midway. New at the fair this year are: Comet IIA massive adultsize roller coaster featuring hairpin turns, quick drops and fast speeds. This is the largest traveling roller coaster in North America, and will debut this year at the Florida State Fair. Charlie Chopper The latest in family rides, this unique attraction holds adults and chil dren in helicopter cars. The ride stands 50 feet tall and the cars spin around the center as the cars rise high in the air. Hit In 2000 Always the top carnival ride at the fair, the Hit In 2000 is the top Himalaya ride on the road today. This huge European-made attraction takes rides round and round on the track at pulsing pounding speeds. Add the latest music and a spectacular light display and you can see why this ride is one of the most popular at the fair. The Rainbow This high capacity ride loads 40 people in a large boat on the ground. As the tub swings higher and higher, it takes riders over the top and around the circle. The Rainbow has been completely refurbished with all-new lights and a brand new look. 051613.CELE Donations Needed! Hope for Humanity (501c3 charity) FREE Pick Up 407-507-3947 Your donations feed & clothe people locally. Your proceeds also help support Give Kids the World and the Rock Church Youth Ministry. www.hopeforhumanityusa.org Open 7 Days A Week Food Pantry Open Wed 9 AM 3 PM (Near mile marker 10 1/2 mile east of Old Town)HOPE THRIFT 2013-14 Classical Concert Series Orlando Philharmonic Notre Dame Glee Club Brooklyn RiderNotre Dame Glee ClubConcert Series Tickets $65.00 Available Now 407-566-1234 www.TheCelebrationFoundation.org Florida Theres Always Something Going on in 020814.SNG 020814.SNG 020814.SNG
Saturday, February 8, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3 Dining Can you wolf down six pounds of chili in just minutes? By Peter Covino A&E Editor Just when you thought you had seen the last of chili for another year, after last months Sunshine Chili Cook-off competition, along comes an even big ger chili event. Kissimmees downtown chili event features some of the finest chili (I can attest from years of experience as a judge) you will find anywhere, but Orlandos Chili Cook-off, coming to Festival Park, today, would appear to be more of an endurance challenge, at least for some of the participants. The event will feature the 2nd World Chili Eating Chal lenge, with delicious samples of chili from chefs around the country, live musical entertainment and activities for children. But that is not the endurance part. This year, the worlds fast est eaters will get in on the fun. We are talking worldclass chili-gorging. The World Chili Eating Challenge will feature the top competitive eaters who can eat five and even six pounds of chili in one sitting in just a matter of a few minutes. Participants will include Joey Jaws Chestnut of Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest fame, Matt Ston ie, currently second in the world, Tim Eater X Janus and Sonya Black Widow Thomas. Chestnut won the inaugural chili eating contest by devouring more than six pounds of chili. The Orlando Chili CookOff has grown from a neighborhood chili sampling event started by Orlando residents to one of Orlandos premier food events, featuring more than 13,000 attendees tasting nearly 100,000 samples of chili. The event has raised more than $150,000 for Special Olympics Florida, Kiwanis Clubs of Greater Orlando and several other local charitable organizations since its inception. The Orlando Chili CookOff will also welcome the CASI world chili cooking champion Brian Spencer. For tickets and more infor mation, visit www.orlando chilicookoff.com. Want to be part of the tasty action? There are still opportunities available for sponsorship, cooks, vendors, bands and volunteers. Call Events for Change at 407-777-8309 or visit www. orlandochilicookoff.com to learn more. We also got the results this week from the 18th Annual Sunshine Regional Chili Cook-off held on Jan. 18 in Kissimmee. The ICS (International Chili Society) sanctioned Cook-off consisted of 32 national competitors. This years big winner is Allen Case, of Orlando, and his Landshark Chili. Cases red chili was the favorite among the judges and along with the $1,500 first prize, he wins a trip to the Interna tional Chili Societys World Championship, to be held later this year. The rest of the winners are as follows: ICS Red Chili: Second Place Jim Stoddard (Alien Chili) of Coppell, TX $300. Third Place Scott Sprouse (Scotts Fires & Spice) of Orlando $150. Chili Verde: Second Place Jim Stoddard (Alien Chili) of Coppell, TX $200. Second Place Scott Sprouse (Scotts Fires & Spice) of Orlando $100. Third Place Debbie Sin clair (Better Than His) of Fort Myers $50. Salsa: First Place Pam Nelson (Cat House Chili) of Cocoa $100. Homestyle Chili: First Place Doug Roy (K.A.T.N Chili) of Clearwa ter $200. Peoples Choice: Matthew McSheedy (Reading Hot Chili Peppers) of Reading, MA $200 Best Booth: Eric & Lisa Patterson (Chillaxing Chili) of Satellite Beach $100.CityWalkUniversal CityWalks newest restaurant, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, is now open, becoming the second eatery to debut as part of this years historic expansion to Universals entertainment complex. Featuring colorful dcor, fresh, authentic cuisine, more than 200 different tequilas, and authentic Mexican folk art, Antojitos takes diners on a journey through the cantinas, street carts and markets of Mexico City. Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food is located in the heart of Universal CityWalk, right next to the groove nightclub. The two-story res taurant features two unique dining experiences, both fea turing a menu that combines authentic, traditional Mexi can fare with all-new flavors all made from scratch. Guests can choose to dine downstairs for a more casual dining experience that includes items like carnitas al pastor tacos (made with beer and chile braised pork, grilled pineapple and guajillo salsa) and oaxaca enchiladas (chicken tinga and house made mole sauce, queso fresco and lime crema). Upstairs, guests will find a more refined dining expe rience that includes menu options like carne asada brava (coffee crusted ribeye with fire roasted vegetables) and menonita shrimp (bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with menonita cheese, manchego corn pudding and a pob lano chorizo sauce). Din ers can also watch as their fresh guacamole is prepared tableside, enjoy nightly entertainment in the restaurant, and sample a variety of specialty beverages includ ing authentic Mexican soda, beers, regional wines and an extensive selection of tequila and mezcal. Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food is open nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight. Universal CityWalks expansion will include the addition of eight new venues to the complexs already popular collection of national brands. Other venues to join Anto jitos this year include Hot Dog Hall of Fame, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Cold Stone Creamery, Menchies, and The CowFish. For more information about Univer sal CityWalk, visit: https:// www.universalorlando.com.Blues & BBQThe second Blues & BBQ Festival returns to Winter Garden, Saturday, Feb. 22. The 4 to 10 p.m. event will be held at the Downtown Plant Street Pavilion. The day includes awardwinning barbecue (available for purchase) as well as some of the areas hotest blues bands. Bands include The Daniel Heitz Band at 4 p.m.; The Selwyn Birchwood Band at 6 p.m. and Albert Castiglia at 8:15 p.m. Admission to the rain or shine event is free. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information call 407-656-4155 or online at www.wintergarden-fl.gov. Macaroni GrillOne more Valentine option for the romantic holiday. Macaroni Grill has a new tasting menu that includes starters such as cheesestuffed Ravioli, a pasta course with traditional favor ites Spaghetti Napolitana and Fettuccine Alfredo, and entrees including Chicken Scaloppine, Chicken Mar sala and Pork Chop Vesu vio. Most restaurants now have roving opera singers too and a wine wall where guests can sign their empty wine bottles. There are several Macaroni Grills in Central Flor ida, including locations in Osceola County. Submitted photo Alan Case got one of those really big checks that you just cant fit in your pocket after win ning the $1,500 first prize at the 18th annual Sunshine Regional Chil Cook-off at Lakefront Park in Kissimmee. 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Page B4, Whats new?Community Food DriveA Community Food Drive will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23 beginning at noon when the gates open for the last day of the 2014 Osceola County Fair. Realizing the need for food among the hungry and homeless within our community, Southern Ford Dealers has partnered with the Fair to provide Fair guests a discount of $2 off adult admission and $1 off senior and child admission with each non-perishable canned food item. Donations will benefit the Central Florida Community Breadbasket of Intercession City. The Breadbasket is a non-profit organization committed to helping the hungry, homeless, poor and needy with the community. For additional information, contact the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair 321-697-3050.Pucker with a PurposeCustomers at Massageworks Spa and Shores and Butterfly Impressions in Kissimmee are sponsoring the Pucker with a Purpose event. Clients at the businesses can donate $1 and leave a pucker imprint on paper. Local firefighters will pick the best pucker on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. Proceeds will go to charity. Dennys fundraiserFor the third straight year, Dennys throughout Florida will this week kick-off an annual fundraising campaign for Tour de Force, a Miamibased organization that provide s much-needed financial support to the families of Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 1, 146 Florida Dennys and participating law enforcement officers across the state will begin month-long fundraising efforts that aim to raise more than $75,000 for the non-profit charity organization. Now through Feb. 28, guests are invited to visit their local Florida Dennys, sign a pledge of support and donate $3 to the cause to receive $9 worth of Dennys coupons in return 100 percent of all proceeds will be donated directly to the families of fallen heroes.Opportunity Center Board MembersThe Opportunity Center (Osceola ARC) is looking for board members. If you have a heart for persons with disabilities and want to serve the community, the center has a volunteer opportunity for you. The board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:15 pm at The Opportunity Center on 310 North Clyde Avenue, Kissimmee. For more information, call Sherry Cain at 407847-6016 ext. 5060.Cuttin Hair for CancerThe Double J Salon & Spa is teaming up again with Silver Spurs Rodeo for the 4th Annual Not Your Regular Cuttin. The Double J Salon & Spa, located in St. Cloud, has officially started cutting and collecting hair for the 2014 challenge at the salon, the challenge will conclude during the Friday and Saturday night performances of the 132nd Silver Spurs Rodeo, no hair cutting will take place during the Sunday afternoon event. Big Boss Scott Ramsey has challenged salon owner Lisa Johnson with a side wager, if 1,944 inches of hair is collected prior to the first bull bucking at the Friday night Rodeo, then he will have his hair dyed pink, in honor of Friday Nights Tough Enough To Wear Pink event. The sentimental value of 1,944 inches, the Silver Spurs held its first rodeo in 1944. To date, more than 7,200 inches of hair has been collected by Double J Salon & Spa. Last year we collected 5,060 inches, said Lisa Johnson, Owner of Double J Salon & Spa. Im so excited to make it to that 10,000 mark, Johnson exclaims. The hair donation event benefited Children With Hair Loss (CWHL), a non-profit organization that provides customized human hair replacements, at no cost, to children who suffer from medically-related hair loss.Next Big Star auditionsSinging auditions for the 6th Annual Central Floridas Next Big Star singing competition, a gala fundraiser to benefit The Childrens Advocacy Center Osceola, will be held at the Osceola YMCA Teen Room, 2117 W. Mabbette St., Kissimmee, Feb. 22. The audition is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event will showcase local singing talent. Singers will audition without musical accompaniment and must be at least 16 years of age to compete. Auditions are free. To reserve your audition spot email sandyg@ sandygeroux.com or call 407-8561188. For more information go to: www.osceolakids.com.AARP Tax Aide ProgramThe AARP Tax Aide Program provides free tax filing to those 50 and older and low income taxpayers. The service is provided at various locations through April 15. The times and locations are: St. Cloud Senior Center, Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3101 17th St. Poinciana Community Center, Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 395 S. Marigold Ave. The Village Medical Center-H2U, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1500 Village Oak Lane, Kissimmee. Osceola Council on Aging (Barney Veal), Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. Polo Park Club House, Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m., 426 Polo Park Blvd., Davenport. Robert Guevara Community Center, Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 501 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee. Osceola County Central Library, Fridays, noon to 4 p.m., 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee. Womans Club of St. Cloud (WCSC)A luncheon meeting for members will be at Royal St Cloud Golf & Country Club on Wednesday Feb. 19 at noon. at WCSC is a social and civic organization empowering women to improve their community, support public education and provide annual scholarship assistance for St. Cloud graduates. Monthly meetings occur on the 3rd Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 P.M. The clubhouse is located at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. For more information regarding the club contact club President, Jean Witherington at 407-957-4347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Free dental careAspen Dental offices in Kissimmee will offer a free day of service, Saturday, Feb. 15. To receive free service, patients must make advance a ppointments at a participating Aspen Dental location by calling 844-ASPENHMM. In the spirit of helping as many people as possible, dentists will focus on treating the most urgent dental need of each patient by providing a service such as filling, extraction,, basic cleaning or denture repair. Aspen Dental and Oral Health America have joined forces to create The Healthy Mouth Movement -a community giving initiative designed to deliver free dental care to thousands of people in need in communities across the United States, and oral health education to millions more. 100 million Americans didnt go to the dentist last year, and millions more live in communities where there is little or no access to care. The Healthy Mouth Movement will deliver much-needed dental care to those who need it most.Community HU ChantsExpand your awareness, experience divine love, peace and calm, Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the W. Osceola Branch Library, 305 Campus St., Celebration. For information: 407 494-3144 or www. facebook.com/EckankarinOrlando Presented by Florida Satsang Society, Inc., a Chartered Affiliate of Eckankar.Lois Club meetingThe annual meeting of the Lois Club of Florida will meet Thursday, Feb. 13 at Golden Corral in Kissimmee. Come and bring a friend. For more information call 407-8462848 or 407-847-3385.Line DanceThe Smith N Western Advanced Line Dance Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center on Fridays 6 9 p.m. in Hall A. Lessons & Open Dance. Basic knowledge of line dance steps is required. All ages welcome. A donation of $2 per person is requested. For information call Gail Smith 407-408-5039.Hearts Give Hope GalaJoin us in celebrating the inspirational stories of lives changed through Catholic Charities of Central Florida while supporting the agencys vital programs and services. The evening includes: Hope and Opportunity Award Presentations by Bishop John Noonan to: Community Partner: Publix Super Markets, Inc. Parish: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Individual: Tony Rossi Inspiring Stories of Hope Elegant Dinner served with Complimentary Wine Decadent Dessert Buffet Hors doeuvres Reception with Cash Bar Live & Silent Auctions Musical Entertainment and Dancing The attire for the evening is black tie optional. Complimentary self-parking is included in the ticket price april 5 6-10 Gaylord Palms $150 information email renee.baker@ cflcc.org.35th annual Elvis FestThe Elvis Continentals will host the 35th annual Elvis Fest, March 7-9 with various events held all three days. Featured events include a dinner and show, Elvis Goes Hollywood with Russell Home Girls Dancers; Elvis in Concert and more. For more information call 407 952-0263 or online at www.epcontinentals.com.Gospel ConcertThe New Life Freewill Baptist Church, 1211 Ocean Street, Kissimmee (behind Krazy Verns Car Wash) will hold a gospel concert, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. with Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road. This is a young bluegrass gospel group from West Virginia. They travel up and down the East coast, singing about Jesus and His good news of salvation. Check out their website at www.chosenroad.org. There will be a love offering.Meals on Wheels 5kThe Osceola Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program will participate and host the national 2014 March for Meals campaign. The Rock & Roll Run & Stroll 5K March for Meals event will take place on Saturday, March 22 and will include a 5K walk, run or rock (rocking chairs on-site), Kids Run, silent auction, dress up as your favorite rocker costume contest, and more. Plus, if you bring non-perishable food items, you will be entered into a prize drawing. The event will take place at the Kissimmee Lakefront starting at 7 a.m. (registration) and the run and walk begins at 8a.m. and the rockers will start at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 (before March 8) and $30 (March 9-21) and $35 (day of event). To register online go to www.osceolagenerations.org.Black History MonthThe Osceola County Historical Society has partnered with other community organizations to celebrate Black History Month this February. The Historical Society has worked hand-in-hand with J ami e Paul of the City of Kissimmee to organize an exhibit that explores some of Osceola Countys most famous African Americans. The exhibit, Black History of Osceola County, will be on display at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum for the entire month of February. Along with the exhibit, the Historical Society will host an event, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life, presented by Ersula Knox-Odom. Ms. Odom, a noted author and performer, will be portraying Dr. Bethune and sharing stories about Bethunes extraordinary life. Both the museum and presentation are free. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, 4155 W. Vine Street. Singing Audition Who will be the 2014 Central Floridas Next Big Star? This gala fundraiser will showcase local singing talent and benefit The Childrens Advocacy Center Osceola., which helps Osceola County child victims of neglect and abuse. Auditions will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 8:30 11:30 a.m., at Osceola YMCA, Teen Room, 2117 W. Mabbette St., Kissimmee. Vocalists must be at least 16 years of age and audition without musical accompaniment. To reserve your audition spot email sandyg@ sandygeroux.com or call 407-8561188. For more information visit: www.osceolakids.comBoy Scouts spaghettiThe Boy Scouts of Troop 192 will hold a spaghetti dinner, featuring all you can eat spaghetti, salad bar, garlic bread and drink on Feb. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in St. Cloud, 1001 Tenth St. St. Cloud Soccer Club St. Cloud Soccer Club will be holding registration for ages 5 and up for the 2014 spring soccer season. Registration date is Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held at Stephanie Rothstein Park located at 2701 Missouri Avenue, Saint Cloud. Online registration will be open through Feb. 8. For registration information visit the website at www.stcloudsoccer.com, or call the hotline at 321-766-871Scout mulch fundraiserKissimmee Boy Scout Troop 826 will hold a bark mulch fundraiser. The home delivery day for the mulch will be Saturday, March 8, with a back-up date of Saturday, March 15, in case of inclement weather. The last day to place orders is Feb. 28. Cypress, pine bark or red mulch will be available in units of nine bags, which is equal to a cubic yard (27 cubic feet), at a cost of $49 per unit (includes delivery), with a $10 discount for additional units. One bag, which contains 3 cubic feet of mulch, will cover 12 square feet to a depth of 3 inches. BSA Troop 826s bags of mulch are 50 percent larger than those at the big box stores. Residents can order mulch either by the Internet at www.troop826hogs. com or by U.S. mail using an order form that will be distributed in select neighborhoods. If ordering by mail, payment must accompany the order form; make checks payable to BSA Troop 826 and send to Mulch Fundraiser, 3381 Buckingham Way, St. Cloud, FL 34772. Call 407-9539195 for assistance in ordering or if you need more than 10 units of mulch. Mulch spreading at your home or business on a separate date will be available by request at a negotiated price. Free delivery will be in the Kissimmee and St. Cloud areas as well as in neighborhoods near the Orange-Osceola County line.Girl Scout Cookie timeThe Girl Scouts are back with favorite cookies again including the new Cranberry Citrus Crisp cookie this year. Cookie booth sales start Feb. 7 and continue through March 2. You can find Girl Scout cookies at various locations each Friday from 4-8 p.m. and the hours vary by location Saturday and Sunday. For booth locations visit www.citrus-gs.org. Pet-PaloozaOn Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mullinax Ford in Kissimmee, 1810 E. U.S. 192, will host Pet-Palooza, an onsite pet adoption of pups and kittens. The event will raise money for Save A Life Pet Rescue. There will be complimentary food and refreshments, goodies bags and a gift basket give away. For every guest that attends Mullinax will donate $10 up to $500 to Save A Life Pet Rescue. Also joining in support of Save A Life Pet Rescue will be Professional dog trainer Heather Szasz from Think Alpha Dog and Woofgang Bakery will be bringing their delicious treats.Friends of St. Cloud LibraryThe Friends of the St. Cloud Veterans Memorial Library meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. until noon in a meeting room on the upper level of the library. The meeting follows Osceola Images contest The Girl Scouts are back with favorite cookies again including the new Cranberry Citrus Crisp cookie this year. Cookie booth sales start Feb. 7 and continue through March 2. You can find Girl Scout cookies at various locations each Friday from 4-8 p.m. and the hours vary by location Saturday and Sunday. For booth locations visit www.citrus-gs.org. Cookie Time C OMMUNITY C OMMUNITYSee additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.comPhoto credit/Renee Jacobson Renee Jacobsons image, titled Wonder, was the 2013 winner of Images of Osceola, earning her a cash prize, 2 annual passes to Gatorland, a full pass to Photoshop World Expo and complimentary membership to the Osceola County Camera Club; nearly $1,000 in total value. Images of Osceola, the annual showcase of photography for the county, will be hanging in the Osceola Center for the Arts from March 3-31, with the show opening and winners announced March 12. Want to enter? Framed artwork is due Feb. 19, and the only qualification to enter is that photographs have to be taken in Osceola County. For rules, prizes and to download the application to enter, visit: http://goo.gl/5oFHjZ See Community, page B-5 Whats happening?
Saturday, February 8, 2014 NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 the Book Club Group Meeting which starts at 10 a.m. The Friends main purpose is to promote the library. If you are interested, come to the Friends meeting and the Book Club.Spring Fashion ShowThe Council of Catholic Women will hold its annual fashion show Feb. 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 700 Brown Chapel Road, St. Cloud. Tickets are $15 and it includes refreshments. Participating vendors include Bliss-Ology, La Bell Cosmetics, Cary Girl Designs by K, Miche Handbags, Orange Blossom Boutique, Chicos Jennifer Brantley Designs, Florida Technical College and Origami Owl Jewelry. Fashion show time is 1 p.m. Doors open at noon. Tickets are available online at www.stacatholic.org/ccw and at the church Feb. 1 and 8 after masses.Lets Dance Ballroom ClubThe Lets Dance Ballroom Club meets every Wednesday at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th Street, St. Cloud. Class starts promptly at 7 p.m. A beginners class will be from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by an advance class from 8 to 9 p.m. Cost is $12 for the month. Please come early to register. For additional information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-738-7546. St. Cloud Garden ClubSt. Cloud Garden Club meets the second Saturday of each month at 11.30 a.m., October through May, at the St. Cloud Community Center on 3101 17th St., St. Cloud B Hall. Members asked to bring a covered dish for buffet style lunch and a donation for the Food Pantry. The Feb. 8 meeting speaker will be Tom Mac Cubbin, the urban horticulturist emeritus with the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service. All are welcome. Questions can be referred to Jeanette Coleman 407957-1955.History volunteers neededThe Osceola County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to greet and give tours to guests at the Pioneer Village. Join the society in educating the community and visitors to what life was like in Osceola County during the late 1800s. If you have some spare time, consider being a volunteer in any number roles with the organization, from greeters and tour guides, to office help or grounds keepers, theres a role that is a perfect fit for you. Training will be provided for all roles. To explore the possibilities, call volunteer coordinator Kristi Prescott at 407-396-8644 Ex1 or e-mail questions to email@example.com. Be sure to check out the website at www.osceolahistory.org.Valentines DanceA Valentines Day Dance sponsored by Belles and Beaus Dance Club will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Marks St. Recreation Complex, 99 E. Marks St., Orlando. Join in for an evening of fun and dancing to Latin, ballroom and line music by the Soft Touch. Singles and couples are welcome. Refreshments provided. Cost: $5.pp. Details: 407277-7008.Womans Club of St. Cloud (WCSC)The next meeting for the WCSC will be on Wednesday Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. WCSC is a social and civic organization empowering women to improve their community, support public educatio n and provide annual scholarship assistance for St. Cloud graduates. Monthly meetings occur on the 3rd Wednesday, September through May, at 1:30 P.M. The Clubhouse is located at 1012 Massachusetts Ave. For more information regarding the club contact club President, Jean W itherington at 407-9574347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Silver Spurs 2014 The Silver Spurs Ridin g Club announces 2014 event dates for three PRCA rodeos and one bull riding event to take place at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. Bucking into action first, will be the 3rd Annual Monster Bulls, Saturday, Feb. 15 Community Continued from Page B-4 See Community, page B-6 Turn in your drawing with coupon lled in completely to:Globie108 Church St., Kissimmee, FL 34741 WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED WEEKLY. 5 WINNERS TOTAL. _ _ _ COLORING CONTEST COLORING CONTEST Harlem Globetrotters Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00pm Ticketmaster.com011614.TNG 020614.TNG rfntbnbb f bb ntEverything You Want to Know About Cremation, Funeral & Cemetery PlanningLearn how to make it easier for your family. PENTECOSTAL CHURCHRev. P. Sewell, Pastor GRACE APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUSA Church where Worship, Praise and Prayer is a liberty. ALL ARE WELCOMED. Worship Services: Sunday School...10:00am Morning Worship...11:15am Wednesday Bible Study...6:00pm 4501 Reaves Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34746 321-402-6684 OR 407-933-1794 Sunday Worship: 8:15am & 11:00am Traditional 9:40am Contemporary FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCHKissimmee 101 West Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, www.kissimmeefumc.orgOpen hearts. Open minds. Open doors.The people of The United Methodist Church Lock Haven Baptist Church14246 Boggy Creek Road Orlando, FL 32824 (407) 851-5420 LANE STOCKTON, PAs S TOR SCHEDULE OF SERVICEsS Sunday School . ..................................... 10:00 am Morning Service . ................................... 11:00 am Evening Service . ..................................... 6:30 pm Wednesday Service . ............................... 7:00 pmwww.lockhavenbaptist.org KISSIMMEE CONGREGATION FORMINGSunday Worship: 10:00am For more information Call 407-591-0251www.redeemerkissimmee.org ObituariesFor daily obituaries and services please visit our Website: www.aroundosceola.comLAWRENCEC. BROWN, SR. Orlando, FL Lawrence Charles Brown, Sr., husband of Pauline (Eaton) Brown of Intercession City, passed away vac ationing in Mas sachusetts, while surrounded by his family. Larry celebrated his 62nd birthday on January 18th. He was the son of the late Charles G. Brown and Laverna (Noyes) Griffin. Larry and Pauline celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this past June. Larry was raised in Massachusetts and attended the Danvers school system. While there he was active in the Danvers Drum and Bugle Corp. and has continued to follow the Corp. Larry and his family moved to the Kissimmee area in 1979 and he was employed for over 20 years at Days Inn. One of the things that he enjoyed was the Beatles and oldies rock and roll and he attended many of the concerts at Epcot Cente r. He may have moved out of New England but he was always a New Englande r. He continued to be a faithful member of Red Sox Nation and an avid New England Patriots fan. He loved spending time with his family and got the greatest joy from spending time with his grandchildren. He will always be remembered by all who knew him as a loving and generous man with a good heart. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two children, Juanita Pedlose and her husband Brad of To ledo, OH, Lawrence Brown, Jr. and his wife Cathy of Orlando, FL, five grandchildren; Jerem y and Whitney Pedlose of To ledo, OH, Roxanne and Lexie Brown of Orlando, FL, and Shirin Chenha of Dracut, MA, and a great granddaughte r, Jayden Pedlose of To ledo, OH. He is also survived by his sister Linda Knight of Lowell, MA, his step brothers Billy Swain, Sr., of Hudson, MA, Bob Swain of Bristol, NH, and Jim Roach of Exeter, NH, his mother in law Loretta Eaton of Raymond, NH, his step mother Denise Brown of Salisbury, MA, and his special Rocco Family in Danvers, MA Larrys family would like to thank the staff at Lowell General Hospital. At the request of the Browns family, private services will be held at a later date. Donations in Larrys name may be made to the Lowell VNA Hospice Unit, 336 Central Street, Lowell, MA 01852. 121413.SNG And Cremation Services rfnftb www.conradandthompson.comt
Page B6, at 7:30 pm. The following weekend, Feb. 21-23, will be the 132nd PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2. On June 6-7 will be the 133rd PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo, both performances at 7:30 pm. Returning for the second year will be the PRCA Wrangler Champions Challenge October 2014. The Monster Bulls is a bull riding event only. Riders will compete for big money as they try to stay atop a 2 ton bull for eight seconds. The PRCA Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions will have hundreds of top rodeo professionals competing in traditional rodeo events such as; bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and barrel racing. The Wrangler Champions Challenge is a televised event, touring with the top champions of the PRCA. This event gives you the experience of the National Finals Rodeo, it is the best of the best competing for big money purses. For tickets call 407 67RODEO or visit www.silverspursrodeo.com To build a partnership with the Silver Spurs Rodeo, contact Wendi Jeannin of B&B Promotions at 321-624-1606. The Silver Spurs Riding Club, a non-profit organization, is a volunteer based Osceola CoOSCAR ToastmastersThe OSCAR Toastmaster Club meets weekly at the Osceola County Realtors Association. Everyone is invited to sharpen their speaking skills at the meetings. Meetings are held Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at 1405 Shady Lane. You do not have to be a Realtor to take part. For more information contact Betty Dobbie at 407-846-4500 or email email@example.com.GriefShare RecoveryThe GriefShare recovery and support group meets at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud, 1717 13th St., on Thursday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. A second location for meetings is the Village Church at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. GriefShare features nationa lly recognized experts on grief and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include The Journey of Grief, When Your S pouse D ies, Your Family and Grief, Why? and Stuck in Grief. Following the presentation, all those present may share their experiences, their questions, and their reactions to grief. It is a safe place for all. This 13-week session is open to people of all faiths who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, contact Nancy Boss at 407-873-1067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.First Friday BingoFirst Friday Bingo will be held Friday, March 7, (and each First Friday of the Month) at Mount Sinai Ministries (Zoe Caf), 2955 Vineland Road, Kissimmee at 8 p.m. Cost is 1 card, $3; 4 cards, $10; 10 cards, $20. Win gift cards for favorite stores, restaurants and entertainment. Volunteer opportunityThe AARP Tax-Aide program provides free tax preparation to 2.6 million taxpayers per year. Most of these taxpayers are seniors. AARP provides extensive training, software and hardware. If you are interested in volunteering, contact sam_garwood@umit. maine.edu or go to the AARP Tax-Aide website for more information.Golden WeddingWere you married in 1964? Wed love to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary with you. The Golden Wedding Anniversary program will be followed by a buffet. Bring a dish to share. After the buffet, there will be dancing to the music of the Osceola Community Orchestra. The Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration is at 7 p.m., Feb. 11 at the St. Cloud Community Center, 3101 17th St. Friends and family are welcome. For more information contact John Dutt at 407-7441700.Caribbean and Floridian AssociationThe Caribbean and Floridian Association holds its regular general monthly meetings every fourth Saturday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at Solid Rock Youth and Educational Center located at 1904 N. Michigan Ave, Kissimmee. All are welcome to attend. For more information call CAFA at 407-953-5544. Community Continued from Page B-5
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